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Ethyl Maltol

    Synonyms: 2-Ethyl pyromeconic acid; 3-hydroxy-2-ethyl-4-pyrone; Veltol Plus

    Description:  White crystalline solid with characteristic, very sweet, caramel-like odor and taste. In dilute solution it possesses a sweet, fruitlike flavor and odor.

    Chemical Name: 2-Ethyl-3-hydroxy-4H-pyran-4-one

    Flavor enhancer; flavoring agent.

    • Ethyl maltol is used in pharmaceutical formulations and food products as a flavoring agent or flavor enhancer in applications similar to maltol.

    • It has a flavor and odor 4–6 times as intense as maltol.

    • Ethyl maltol is used in oral syrups at concentrations of about 0.004% w/v and also at low levels in perfumery.

    In animal feeding studies, ethyl maltol has been shown to be well tolerated with no adverse toxic, reproductive, or embryogenic effects. It has been reported that while the acute toxicity of ethyl maltol, in animal studies, is slightly greater than maltol, with repeated dosing the opposite is true

    Observe normal precautions appropriate to the circumstances and quantity of material handled. Ethyl maltol should be used in a wellventilated environment. Dust may be irritant, and eye protection and gloves are recommended.